brittni in ink

Author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be

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writing retreat

This month is turning out to be a busy one! With packing and giving away stuff in preparation for our upcoming move, I haven’t had as much writing headspace as I would like, but I’m slowly getting through edits on the space novel.

One thing that helped me get back to the novel is the weekend writing retreat I attended! A group of us checked in with video calls twice a day and cheered each other on as we worked on our respective projects. You can read more about it on the Adventure Worlds Press blog!

Myself, Christian Laforet, Ben Van Dongen, and Elly Blake taking a coffee break during the weekend writing retreat!

I’ve also had a lot of motivation from the writing-related groups I’m part of through social media. It helps to know that I can check in with these groups when I’m sitting down to write or need to find another word for coffee table.

A new development is that I’m working on a new short story. Originally, I was hoping to write something for Augur‘s submission period, but now I’m doing it more for fun. It’s about a character from my space novel solving a murder. Did I mention I’ve been watching a lot of Shetland lately?

Peter and I also attended a zoom wedding, which was beautiful. As much as we wanted to be there in person, we were so thankful to have the technology to share in the celebration!

We dressed up to attend the ceremony – through zoom!

Also, if you wanted a signed copy of either of The Patch Project or A Place That Used to Be, please let me know by the end of the month. I’ll be packing up most of my stock for the move at that time. Copies are still available at Juniper Books, Biblioasis, and on Amazon.

send me your questions

Do you have questions about A Place That Used to Be? I’d love to answer them in a future vlog post!

Front cover

The book is currently available on Amazon! You can also request it through your local library or bookstore if Amazon’s not your thing.

I’ve been blown away by the interest in the book so far! Thank you for your support and excitement as A Place That Used to Be enters the world!

Also wanted to mention that brittnibrinn.com has recently been updated! Thanks to Peter Brinn for making it look amazing!

now available!

A Place That Used to Be is now available for online order! Before you order from Amazon, please consider the following:

  • See if you can order the book through your local bookstore! Many businesses are offering curbside pick-up or other social distancing options.
  • Request the book through your local library!
  • Wait a few weeks: I’ll be getting an order of books to sell by hand, and I would be happy to sell you a signed copy!

The test copies just came in last week and they look amazing! You can watch the unboxing video here.

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I’m still working on the audio book of The Patch Project. It’s been a lot of fun to spend a couple hours a day recording and editing the audio! Hoping to get that up on bandcamp in the next few weeks!

Also, stay tuned for news about an online book launch for A Place That Used to Be! Can’t wait to share more about the book with you!

 

Sequel Update #7 – A quick note

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Photo by Sarah Kivell

Hi friends! Just wanted to fill you in on a couple of developments with A Place That Used to Be:

  • The book has been sent to the printers! After I get the test copies, I’ll be able to put in a full order and narrow down a release date!
  • Christian Laforet put together a stellar cover that we’re both super excited about! Adventure Worlds Press is going to be posting a cover reveal in the next couple weeks, stay tuned!
  • I still have a few copies of The Patch Project available for purchase if you want to be up to speed with the story so far! Although it’s not required to read this book before A Place That Used to Be, it sets up some character points that are important to the sequel.

Hope you’re all doing well out there. If you’re looking for resources on anti-racism or ways to support Black Lives Matter, check out last week’s post for a starting list. There are so many online resources about ways to support the Black community at this time.

 

Sequel Update #5 – Exciting Stuff!

Some exciting stuff happening this week as we get closer to A Place That Used to Be‘s release. We haven’t settled on a solid launch date, the world being what it is, but I’m hoping for late June! In the meantime, here’s where the sequel’s at!

  • Ben Van Dongen of Adventure Worlds Press once again proves he is a rock star at book layout! The manuscript proper is all ready to be sent to the printers!
  • Christian Laforet (also of AWP) is working on a stellar cover design! Stay tuned for the cover reveal in the next few weeks!
  • There’s a book trailer! You can watch it on and share it from my YouTube channel.

It’s so exciting to see all the pieces of this book come together. Ben said it best in the Meet the Publisher post last week: being a writer/ author is not a solo undertaking! I’m thankful for the wonderful people I get to share this book journey with.

Also, I forgot to share a link to the article I wrote for Mirror World Publishing’s positive creativity series. You can read it here.

Until next week, hope you’re all staying safe and healthy out there!

Sequel Update #3: Q and A!

Welcome to this Question and Answer post brought to you by: you! Thanks for sending in your questions via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even through spoken word. If you have more questions or if you want to see another post like this, let me know!

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Photo by Sarah Kivell

If this is your first time here, welcome! My name is Brittni Brinn (she/her) and I write post-apocalyptic fiction (most of the time). My book The Patch Project came out from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in early 2018. The sequel is called A Place That Used to Be, and is forthcoming from Adventure Worlds Press.

Without further ado, let’s get into the questions:

Can you tell us how you got your new publisher?

Yes! Adventure Worlds Press is a Windsor-based publisher that specializes in genre fiction. I got to know Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen, the co-founders of the press and authors in their own right, through local book and writing events. When I found out that A Place That Used to Be wasn’t going to be published by another press, they offered to publish it as an Adventure Worlds Press book!

Did you find the second book easier to write than the first?

Writing A Place That Used to Be was a very different experience from writing the first book. I wrote The Patch Project over a long period of time: I initially wrote it in 2011/2012, and didn’t revisit it until I reworked the manuscript in 2016/2017. It was the first novel I actually finished writing, which was a huge breakthrough for me. Knowing that I could write a novel from beginning to end made writing the second one a lot easier.

A Place That Used to Be took around 8 months to write. After a break, I took a few months to edit the manuscript. I had a better idea of the world I was writing in, and had learned so much from publishing the first one. But the second book came with its own challenges too.

Do you have an expected release date or pre-sale?

At this point, I’m hoping for a June release. Given our current global situation, it’s hard to be sure of a date since so much depends on printing and delivery capabilities. As soon as I know, I’ll post the release date. Hopefully, we’ll have an online launch around that time as well!

What was your favourite part of the book to write?

I really enjoyed writing a dream sequence that features in the latter part of the novel. It felt like it was a dream I was personally experiencing (and I suppose in a way I was—isn’t fiction like a shared dream?) and I didn’t change much about the chapter once it was written. There’s a kind of freedom writing about the surreal, describing visions of the subconscious.

Have your views on love and romance changed from the first book to the second book within the post-apocalyptic world?

When I wrote The Patch Project originally, my experience with romantic relationships was mostly observational. I am older and wiser now (am I?) and am married, which I think did change how I wrote about relationships in the second book.

But I’m not sure if my portrayal of love and romance in the post-apocalyptic world has changed: relationships that are built on mutual survival and opportunity. People in a world like the one in these two books sometimes go weeks or months without seeing another human being. Many of the characters crave words, touch, thoughts, from someone outside of themselves. To be seen by another. A connection with someone tangible, even if it’s not for very long. And I think that’s what brings people together most in the world I’m writing about.

How do you feel the book engages with Road Trip and Western genres?

It’s an interesting question, because I think that the Post-Apocalyptic genre as we know it today, especially in North America, grew out of these two genres. Thinking of books like The Road or Station Eleven, the main plot driver is movement. Moving through the wild lands between settled places, in search of safety or belonging. Road trip epics like On the Road are pervaded by this restless searching for the self through experience. The Western looks at ideas of civilization and wilderness, often portraying a colonialist view – for example, the show West World demonstrates the colonial Western fantasy and upends it. All of these genres are traditionally male-oriented or focused.

I think A Place That Used to Be especially engages with and hopefully challenges the expectations that come with the Post-Apocalyptic genre by including varied points of view and different ways of organizing communities.

How much change do your books go through from early drafts to final draft?

Early drafts are often skeletal: I tend to want to get the main gist of a scene down before I forget. Sometimes these appear simply as snippets of dialogue scrawled in my notebook with a couple of trailing notes at the end of things I want to add. Editing is mainly filling in the scenes, ordering them, and reordering them. With another book I’ve been working on, this has included writing extra chapters and expanding on areas of the plot that are not clear enough. I don’t do a lot of planning before working on a novel, so the plot is often the thing that changes the most. The characters grow along with the book, and they generally stay the same between drafts.

Any sneak peeks?

You’ll have to wait a little longer, but I’m hoping to feature a reading of chapter 1 in the near future!

 

Thank you so much everyone! Feel free to send more questions along, and stay tuned for next week’s update!

A Place That Used to Be – Update #2!

Hello fellow humans. I’ve reached that state of self-quarantine where my husband and I made up a fake band based on our DnD campaign and recorded a song. It was impromptu and truly one of the greatest things we have ever done.

As promised, here is your weekly update on how the sequel progresses:

  • Full book edits were completed by the incomparable Amilcar John Nogueira! I’m now going through the suggested changes. Also trying to decide if I should restructure the entire first section. I deleted a chapter, which felt amazing. Also, I’ve cut down the number of times people smile and look at each other. Important tendencies to be aware of.
  • I’ve heard from the majestic Sarah Kivell that film is on its way to be developed! I’m eagerly awaiting the photos she took for the book cover. I love collaborative creative things like this.
  • I received some advance comments for the book from Alexander Zelenyj and Elizabeth J. M. Walker! I’m so thankful for their willingness to read the manuscript at this stage and provide their thoughts!

Coming up this week, Mirror World Publishing will be featuring a guest blog post I wrote about writing during self-quarantine. I’ll post a link here as part of next week’s post, or you can follow my Facebook or Instagram for a link the day of.

See you here next week for more sequel developments!